Frosh-cessities: What to bring to Brown

So, you’re going to college. Maybe you’re excited or #nervous, or a combination of the two. Don’t worry – BlogDH has you covered with some packing tips and advice for the terrifying/exciting/overwhelming prospect that is moving to college. After you gather all the essentials (twin XL bedding, shower shoes, a can-do attitude, etc.), here are some other things to consider bringing to campus (or leaving at home):

Things you will definitely need

  • A fan is pretty essential for orientation and the first few weeks of the year, as it is still hot AF in Providence for the first half of September. Dorms do not have air conditioning, and the feeble, still-warm ‘breeze’ coming from your open window will be inadequate to keep you from waking up in an unfortunate you-shaped puddle of sweat every morning. Don’t worry – it cools down pretty quickly at the end of September into October, and you probably won’t need your fan again until maybe the final couple weeks of the year.
  • Command hooks and mounting strips are super helpful for hanging decorations, towels, bulletin boards, and other items on your walls. With enough command strips and blind optimism, you can keep pretty much anything up, even a full-length mirror on a slightly sticky cinderblock wall.
  • bank card is useful for monthly expenses, shopping at the largest carpeted mall in America (has this tour fact ever been actually verified?), and when you run out of points and Bear Bucks because of too many before-4 p.m. Blue Room muffins. Make sure to check your bank has a convenient location in Providence. There will also be a banking fair during orientation where you can check out these options in greater depth.
  • Cleaning supplies. Custodial Services cares for shared spaces, but not individual rooms. Please get and use them, for the sake of your roommate, or at least the night before Family Weekend. (Though you can probably wait until you get to campus to get these.) Odor-canceling spray is also great to have for spraying your comforter that you will probably never wash all year, and for the “Febreze walk-through” – spray mist in the air in front of you and glide on in. It’s a perfect ‘almost shower,’ a lazy, personal car-wash of sorts.
  • Rain gear, including a rain jacket, boots, and loyal and iron-willed umbrella, are pretty essential for Lil Rhody weather. Despite how scenic and lovely the Main Green looks come Spring, it will rain this year, and water will seep into your clothes, body, and spirit. Also, while many people wait until Thanksgiving Break to bring up their winter clothes, Providence weather can also be fairly unpredictable, and there can be the occasional rogue snowstorm in October.

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(Pre-Frosh) What to do this week: ADOCH 2015

Admitted students from the Class of 2019 will descend on College Hill this week, from Tuesday, April 21 to Thursday, April 23 for ADOCH 2015. If you are one of them, here’s what you should do this week:

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Event: Brown Welcomes the Class of 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Location: Main Green Tent

President Christina Paxson and Dean of Admission James Miller ’73 welcome members of the Class of 2019 to College Hill.

Event: Speed Friending
Time: 11:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Location: Alumnae Hall

Like speed dating, but platonic (?). Meet other students visiting for ADOCH and current Brown students.

Event: Arch Sings
Time: 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Location: Wayland Arch and Morris-Champlin Arch

#socollege. Enjoy performances by Brown’s a cappella groups. The IGCAC (Intergalactic Community of A Cappella) performs in group Arch Sings during fall orientation and ADOCH in the spring.

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Student Exhibition 2015 opens in the Bell Gallery

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The annual Brown Student Exhibition, now in its 35th year, opened Saturday at the David Winton Bell Gallery in List Art Building, featuring works from 44 Brown students, both VISA and non-VISA concentrators.

The juried exhibition, organized by Zachary Korol-Gold ’15 and Andrew Alexander ’15, held an open call for submissions earlier this month for student creative work in any medium. The 2015 exhibit was juried by Judith Tolnick Champa, an independent curator and critic, and Jerry Mischak, a senior painting critic at RISD. Pieces selected for the exhibit present the range of media and subject matter Brown students are exploring within the realm of the creative arts, including painting, drawing, book arts, sculpture, video, web, and performance.

Rory Macfarlane’s Cumulus welcomes visitors into the gallery. Inflated translucent trash bags form a looming, yet graceful cloud-like spheroid in the front corner of the exhibit. The piece is easily displaced by the movement of people through the gallery, gently rotating as one walks by it.

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wtf*Brown: free Adobe Creative Suite coming for Brown students

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According to a UCS update on wtf*Brown, Brown has begun a contract with Adobe to provide free Adobe Creative Cloud to all Brown students. The acquisition was announced by Ravi Pendse, Vice President for Computing and Information Services and Chief Information Officer, at Wednesday’s UCS General Body Meeting.

Adobe Creative Cloud includes a range of graphic design, video editing, photography, and web development software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, After Effects, and Dreamweaver. Adobe’s subscription-based service, Creative Cloud, costs $19/mo for students, and the full, non-subscription Adobe CS6 suite costs upwards of $999 (for the ~master collection~).

Just imagine. For free, you will soon be able to Photoshop yourself riding a giraffe wearing a top hat, animate that work of art in Flash, make a life-size poster in InDesign, and then make a Dreamweaver site dedicated to your friendship with said giraffe! Fonts! Brushes! Effects! The possibilities are endless!

Details about the service are pending, but CIS hopes to make the full creative suite available to students in a couple weeks.

Image via Timmy Jeng ’18.


Sarah Koenig lecture discusses story-telling and Serial

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This afternoon, Sarah Koenig spoke in Salomon about her career in radio and journalism, and on the power of storytelling. The lecture was presented by the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, as one of the final events celebrating Women’s History Month. Koenig, a journalist and radio producer, has worked at The East Hampton Star, ABC News, The New York Times, and This American Life. Perhaps most notably, she hosted and produced Serial, a spin-off to This American Life. Serial  debuted in October 2014 at No. 1 on the iTunes charts, and was the fastest podcast to reach 5 million downloads.

Serial, a 12-part weekly non-fiction podcast re-investigated the murder of Hae Min Lee, a teenage girl who disappeared in Baltimore, Maryland, on January 13, 1999, and whose body was found a month later in Leakin Park. Lee’s ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested and convicted of her murder. The podcast closely reexamined the details of Lee’s disappearance and Syed’s subsequent trial through interviews with many of the relevant persons to the crime, including Syed, and painstaking review of relevant phone records and court documents.

Although Koenig originally expected a modest 300,000 listeners, Serial erupted into a cultural sensation. It gained an ardent fan base, prompting a popular subreddit of listeners debating possible theories, as well as a December Saturday Night Live parody of the podcast, starring Cecily Strong and Amy Adams. To date, Serial has amassed 6.5 million listeners, a number completely unprecedented in audio storytelling and podcast industries.

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The Ivy Film Festival is coming April 6 – 12, and you could win an all-access pass

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This year’s Ivy Film Festival will be held April 6 – 12. The festival is one of the largest student-run film festivals in the world, held annually for a week each spring. Last year, IFF brought us a variety of keynote speeches, panels, workshops, and screenings; there was a showing of The Grand Budapest Hotel, followed by a Skype Q&A with director Wes Anderson, a lecture by filmmaker Casey Neistat, an advanced screening of Neighbors, screenings of student selected films, and a panel on women in entertainment.

Now under a month out, IFF is in the midst of hosting a raffle for an all-access festival pass, good for all events for the winner and a friend. The raffle is open to everyone with a valid @brown.edu or @risd.edu email. To enter, share the IFF’s Facebook status as public by Wednesday, April 1.

IFF is also hosting an Instagram contest from Wednesday, March 18, through April 1. IFF is asking members of the Brown and RISD community to post an original photo that deals with a “movie moment from your life.” Valid submissions must be tagged with @ivyfilmfestival and #iff2015. The 1st place winner will win an all-access festival pass for them and a friend. Two 2nd place winners will receive Avon tickets for them and a friend. Three 3rd place winners will receive ~~IFF swag~~.

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